At OGE, we are commemorating Sunshine Week by taking
stock of how well we are doing at promoting transparency. A spirit of openness
is consistent with our mission to ensure that the public can have confidence in
the impartiality of the federal government.
With this guiding principle in mind, OGE has made an
extensive array of documents available to the public on its website, www.oge.gov.
For instance, we have automated the release of financial disclosure reports of Senate-confirmed
nominees and appointees, providing immediate access when a requester completes
an online request form on this website. We have also used this website to post
ethics agreements and Ethics Pledge waivers of Senate-confirmed nominees and
appointees. Other examples of key ethics program documents include: reports of
OGE’s ethics program reviews of executive branch agencies; OGE’s reports and testimony to Congress; OGE’s budget submissions; copies of OGE’s correspondence
with Congress; semiannual reports of non-federal source travel payments
accepted by executive branch agencies; annual surveys of conflict of interest prosecutions and Ethics Pledge compliance (Annual Report on Executive Order
13490); OGE’s advice and guidance to agency ethics officials; executive branch
ethics program policies; OGE’s strategic plans and performance reports; a
compilation of relevant ethics laws and regulations; a compilation of OGE’s
Federal Register issuances; user-friendly summaries of ethics rules; OGE’s FOIA
reports; and contact information for OGE’s staff.
2014 Chief FOIA Officer Report highlights other efforts OGE has made to
increase transparency, including efforts to harness technology. One example of
these efforts is OGE’s new Twitter account (@OfficeGovEthics), through which we
make the public aware of OGE’s activities in real time. Looking beyond Sunshine
Week, OGE has committed in its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014 through
2018 to continue exploring ways to make the ethics program transparent.